New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday will hear a contempt of court petition against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president in-exile N. Srinivasan for presiding over a working committee meeting in Chennai on February 8.
Earlier, the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on February 18 moved the apex court seeking contempt proceedings against Srinivasan and other BCCI officials for holding the meeting in alleged violation of court directives.
A bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla will hear the petition filed by CAB Secretary Aditya Varma for a direction to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the Tamil Nadu strongman.
Interestingly, the plea cited media reports to claim that Srinivasan had chaired the Indian cricket board's working committee meeting despite facing disqualification due to a January 22 judgement of the apex court.
On January 22, the court ruled that “no one who has any commercial interest in the BCCI events including the 1st respondent (Srinivasan) shall be eligible for contesting the elections for any post whatsoever and that the disqualification for contesting elections applicable to those who are holding any commercial interest in BCCI events shall hold good and continue till such time the person concerned holds such commercial interest or till the committee appointed by this court considers and awards suitable punishment to those liable for the same; whichever is later.”
The CAB also contended that Srinivasan continued to have commercial interest in the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches of BCCI and hence he was disqualified from holding the post of BCCI President and President of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
"If this Court held Srinivasan disqualified from contesting for the post of President, BCCI until he has any commercial interest in the events of BCCI (then) it goes without saying that he is disqualified as on date to hold the post of President BCCI or be involved in working of BCCI as per the order of this court dated January, 22 2015," the petition added.
With agency inputs